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    Slaughter sees a grind-out series with finals down to best-of-3

    Aug 4, 2018
    Greg Slaughter delivers his biggest game in the series, emerging as the top local scorer with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added eight rebounds.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    GREG Slaughter doesn’t see the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals ending up as a series of blowouts.

    He’s bracing for a tougher battle ahead between Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel beginning in Sunday’s Game Five at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “It’s just being kind of a bipolar series with blowout after blowout,” said the 7-foot center after the Kings leveled the best-of-seven title series at 2-2 on following a 130-100 pounding of the defending champions.

    “I’m pretty sure that close game down the wire is coming soon,” he added. “These blowouts are in the past and now it’s a best-of-three series.”

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      Of course, Slaughter doesn’t mind Ginebra winning by a mile anew, although with the finals now down to a race to-two affair, he expects both teams to figure in a grind-out showdown.

      “If we can win by blowout, yeah I’ll take that again,” a smiling Slaughter said. “But we’re not counting on that.”

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      The 30-year-old Slaughter played a huge part for the Kings to claim Game Four as he played his best game in the series, emerging as the top local scorer with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added eight rebounds.

      He had 11 of his total output in the first quarter as he and Best Import Justine Brownlee spearheaded a fiery Ginebra start to set the tempo of yet another lopsided game.

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      “Our shots were falling, we were executing , playing D, and the effort was there. That start was what let us ultimately win the game,” said the big man out of Ateneo and University of Visayas.

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        Joe Devance and LA Tenorio also did their share offensively with 18 and 17 points, respectively, to complement the game-high 37 points of Brownlee.

        Slaughter said the Kings need everyone to contribute if they are to dethrone the three-time All-Filipino champions.

        “They’re the champions. They won 6-out-6 championships the past few years, they’re just really a tough team,” he stressed. “We got to be always playing our one hundred percent.”

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        Greg Slaughter delivers his biggest game in the series, emerging as the top local scorer with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added eight rebounds.
        PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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